I first met Shad Qudsi when I assisted on a natural building workshop with Liz Johndrow in November of 2016. Shad’s farm “Atitlan Organics” hosted the workshop in which we built a new kitchen area for the farm. Since then he and I have worked on a few projects together and he continues to be a wealth of knowledge and experience, not only about permaculture, but about the local culture here in Guatemala and about regenerative business advice as well. Shad is originally from New Jersey, but resettled in Tzununa on Lake Atitlan nearly a decade ago with his wife. Together they run one of the most diverse and abundant permaculture farms I’ve ever visited as well as the “bambu hotel,” an incredible example of bamboo framing and bajareke walls built by Charlie Rendall (one of my natural building mentors). In this interview Shad shares his unique insights about initial steps in developing a permaculture farm, how to grow a complete diet, why he disagrees with the modern environmental movement, and much more. As promised in the intro, there’s also a bonus audio here in the “resources” section in which Shad gives invaluable business advice on how to manage multiple operations in a regenerative business, so don’t forget to check that out.
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